Oak Ridge asks citizens to avoid in-person business, updates city service COVID-19 protocols

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — City Manager Mark Watson is urging Oak Ridgers to conduct business over the phone and by mail whenever possible as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the city.

Most financial transactions can be handled electronically and via mail, according to a news release from the city. Those wanting to meet someone are asked to call the department’s extension directly.

Many of the

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Nooksack Valley rolls back in-person learning

Middle and high school students in Nooksack Valley School District will return to remote learning only starting Monday, Nov. 30, as advised by the Whatcom County Health Department according to a message to parents from Superintendent Mark Johnson.

The county health department guidance for middle and high school students to roll back to distance learning are recommended for all private and public schools in Whatcom County as COVID-19 infection rates

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Western Michigan University students hopeful in-person classes will return in 2021

KALAMAZOO, MI — Students at Western Michigan, who will now pivot to online learning a few days earlier than they planned, are hopeful they will be able to return to campus in January.

On Monday, Nov. 16, as a line of cars grew at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site set up on campus, students prepared to leave campus. Their departure is a few days earlier than expected, after a public

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Whitmer closing high schools, colleges, in-person dining, casinos, theaters

Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced wide-ranging new restrictions limiting gatherings at high schools, colleges and restaurants Sunday night to combat what she described as the “worst moment” yet in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new policies will temporarily halt in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and high school athletics as well as close some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and

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Purcellville Plans Virtual, In-Person Events For Holiday Season

PURCELLVILLE, VA — The town of Purcellville is preparing for the holiday season, with a parade, tree lighting and much more on the schedule. However, several changes have been made to the town’s traditional Christmas festivities to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Both virtual and in-person events will be held in December. Purcellville’s website has information about the events and any restrictions.

“We look forward to creating new

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‘Super polls’ open for in-person voting this weekend around county

SAN DIEGO — All 235 “super poll” locations across San Diego County will be open for in-person voting Saturday through Election Day as part of the many ways officials are trying to make it easier to safely cast a ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the county’s registrar of voters still recommends dropping off a mail-in ballot in drop boxes around the county, people who want to vote in person

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Bird Rock Elementary to welcome small number of students for in-person learning Oct. 13; enrollment down 7.5%

As Bird Rock Elementary School prepares to welcome a “very small” number of students to in-person learning Oct. 13 as part of the San Diego Unified School District’s first phase for reopening its campuses from coronavirus-related closures, it faces a “heartbreaking” reduction of more than 7 percent in its student population.

The optional in-person sessions will be available only to students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade and will be

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Trump cancels in-person Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will no longer hold a large, in-person Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida, because of the coronavirus but that he will hold virtual events and still give an acceptance speech.

“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention. We will be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, as has always been planned. We

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U.S. Government Backs Down On In-Person Requirement This Fall

Harvard University sued the federal government to block sa proposed rule change that would have required foreign students to take some in-person classes this fall. File photo

Coronavirus cases are climbing across the country. Multiple states have sued. Universities, from the big names to the small, have voiced their opposition, and in some cases gone to court.

Now the government of Donald Trump is backing down from a rule change

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Students on visas must take in-person college classes or risk deportation, ICE says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a new guidance on how student visa status will depend on if U.S. universities are providing online or in-person classes this fall.

ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program won’t let students into the U.S. if they are going to schools that offer online classes only, according to a news release.

Instead, foreign students must take in-person classes if they wish to remain in the U.S.

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More In-Person Programs From The Forest Preserve District In July

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness.

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District To Offer More In-Person, Virtual Programs

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness.

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Duke plans mass COVID-19 testing and mix of in-person and online classes this fall

Duke University is planning to bring students, faculty and staff back to campus in August with new safety precautions, including mass COVID-19 testing, adjusted classroom layouts and revised housing options in dorms and hotels.

The school also announced the plan for its student-athletes to return to campus, beginning with football players on July 12.

The news comes as state health officials say they are concerned about the recent increase in

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Despite recent surge of COVID-19 cases, FIU plans to resume in-person classes in the fall

Florida International University Tuesday approved a three-phase blueprint to resume on-campus classes for the fall semester, with the first step being that all students, faculty and staff will have to answer COVID-19 related questions on an FIU-built app before returning to the university’s two campuses.

FIU’s board of trustees approved the measures, which the Florida Board of Governors would have to approve during its June 23 meeting, along with the

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